It's Giving Tuesday Today!
It's Giving Tuesday!! What's Giving Tuesday you ask?
#GivingTuesdayCa is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities of making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, in support of charities and non profits.
This past Black Friday this is what Julie Seath wrote on Facebook:
"I have spent years and years of my life looking for the best deal, the greatest bargain, how much bang I could get for my buck. I looked through sale rack after sale rack, for ways to "save money". I often would end up spending more because it was all such a great deal. Trevor used to say, "Julie, you're going to "save" us right into bankruptcy". I would find myself being defensive and give the excuse that I had children to clothe!
On this Black Friday, I realize that over the last few years I have lost the desire to spontaneously spend on stuff I don't need. I find myself no longer wanting to bend to our society's push of consumerism. I try hard to think more often of the difference between my needs and my wants, being able to use my Malawian friend's needs and wants as an example.
Today I think of my friends in Malawi who will have no food for themselves or their children until next April's harvest, due to the drought of this past season. My heart cries out for our friends with nothing. And my heart hurts as I think of the news of past Black Fridays where people have been trampled at the mall over stuff to fill their homes with, in the hopes of filling their hearts at the same time.
Will you spend a moment with me reflecting on what we have, what we need, what we want, and those who don't have an option to think on these things?"
- Julie Seath
Would you consider Love a Village this Tuesday?